PORT ST. LUCIE — Tim Tebow is aware that Jose Canseco has offered to work with him to make him a more powerful hitter.
“I’ve heard about it,’’ the Mets outfielder said Friday at First Data Field, where he played in an intrasquad game on the back fields before he went 0-for-1 in a 10-3 loss to the Marlins.
“I appreciate it and I appreciate him wanting to work with me. It’s an honor. He’s a great player, but for me, I have a lot of great coaches here.’’
Canseco told TMZ that Tebow “needs help. … The swing looks so mechanical, so bad. I’m surprised nobody’s helping him out.’’
Canseco added that with his assistance, he could “easily get [Tebow] up to, at the major league level, 35 to 45 home runs.’’
Tebow is 3-for-13 this spring with three singles after hitting six homers in 298 plate appearances with Double-A Binghamton last season.
“It’s not a knock on him,’’ Tebow said of declining Canseco’s offer. “I remember the Bash Brothers. But I’ve got Chili [Davis, hitting coach] here. That’s what I’m focused on.’’
After walking five batters in his previous outing, Noah Syndergaard had improved control Friday. He didn’t issue any walks and struck out eight in four innings.
“It’s wasn’t terribly good, it wasn’t too bad,’’ Syndergaard said of his third start of the spring.
Manager Mickey Callaway gave him higher marks.
“He had three-plus pitches,’’ the manager said of the right-hander, who allowed homes to Neil Walker and JT Riddle. “His slider was nasty and his changeup was really good. He just left a few balls up and they made him pay. The stuff is there.”